Revisiting why you blog and monitoring your progress frequently is important. Examining your Archives and stats helps you see where you’ve been and where you’ve yet to go. Celebrating small successes along the way helps you stay on course and makes you eager to forge ahead.
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Success is largely about having a certain state of mind, a success mind set. One success leads to another and the snowball effect goes to work. By celebrating smaller successes you are actually starting to communicate that attitude of “I have already succeeded” or “I am successful” to your mind. – Why you should celebrate small successes
What are your blogging goals? Are you achieving them? Do you measure blogging success in terms of likes, followers, email subscribers, stats, shares, comments, income, something else, or a combination of factors?
In Milestones Defined, Thomas Baekdal explores the difference between milestones, tasks and phases.
What is a milestone? There are basically two types of milestones.
- A specific date that indicates the completion of something.
- An event in the future that you hope to reach.
Keeping a simple editorial calendar helps you chart your content creation, commenting and blog promotion activities with timelines for completing a series of tasks and phases. Reaching your first blog anniversary is a milestone of the second type and many bloggers celebrate that event. But we all set out own goals and there are lots of celebration possibilities along the way.
Blogging can be a blast and if you’re not enjoying it maybe an attitude of gratitude is what you need. What have you accomplished in the past several weeks/months that deserves a celebration? Consider some blogging milestones like these:
- Have you published your first (change the number to suit) audio, video, interview, review, viral post, series, etc.?
- Have you reached the 100 (change the number to suit) published posts benchmark?
- Have you approved 100 (change the number to suit) comments?
- Has your blog attracted 100 (change the number to suit) followers?
- Has your blog or a post in it received an award or special recognition?
Who hasn’t met a wonderful group of people through blogging that they would not have met otherwise? If you’re looking for an inspiring event to participate in and help you keep blogging, or if you want to create a meme or host your own blog event see Blog Event Listings and Make a Free Award, Event or Website Badge.
Pssst! If you can’t come up with any blogging successes that spark your desire to celebrate then examine your calendar, note the upcoming local, regional and national events and celebrate them in blog posts.
Also take a close look at the flip side. What have you failed to accomplish in the past several weeks/months? Don’t mistake the fact that every failure can lead to future success.There’s even a conference dedicated to celebrating failure as a means of learning what not to do again.
As noted on the Failcon website, Embrace Your Mistakes. Build Your Success. FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.